Pumpkins are sensitive to both cold and heat. In the North,
they cannot be planted until settled weather; in the South they do
not thrive during midsummer.
The gardener is seldom justified in devoting any part of a
limited garden area to pumpkins, because many other vegetables
give greater returns from the same space. However, in gardens
where there is plenty of room and where they can follow an early
crop like potatoes, pumpkins can often be grown to advantage.
The pumpkin is one of the few vegetables that thrives under
partial shade. Therefore it may be grown among sweet corn or other
Hills of pumpkins, containing one to two plants, should be at
least 10 feet apart each way. Pumpkin plants among corn, potato,
or other plants usually should be spaced 8 to 10 feet apart in
every third or fourth row.
Gather and store pumpkins before they are injured by hard
frosts. They keep best in a well-ventilated place where the
temperature is a little above 50� F.
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